Updated Jul 12, 2020

Peer Support at Aspennglobal, Mental Health for Mobile Families.

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Rosemary Mccarthy

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Finding innovative ways of sustaining the wellbeing of individuals affected by mental illness especially women and young girls. Addressing GBV in complex circumstances. Becoming more inclusive in every sector of society.

This is not a doctor or psychologist driven endeavour, it is created out of experience. It is created out of a genuine need to find solutions for individuals close to us, hence it is with a lot of compassion, and not driven by profit. My daughter was affected by mental illness while pursuing her degree in Sociology, in the United States, she was an above average student. Even at the time of he...
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This is not a doctor or psychologist driven endeavour, it is created out of experience. It is created out of a genuine need to find solutions for individuals close to us, hence it is with a lot of compassion, and not driven by profit. My daughter was affected by mental illness while pursuing her degree in Sociology, in the United States, she was an above average student. Even at the time of her worst performance she had a 3.0 GPA. But because of the frequency of hospitalisation, she had to come home, to Kenya more for family support. It became difficult to send her back to school due to the frequency of the attacks, she has a wonderful voice and has taught herself piano or the keyboard. In the worst of her days, music remains the only constant that helps her hold her head up. If I could find ways of developing this music talent, to bring together other individuals that have the same problem, who I am sure are at home, without friends , this could help. We are now three, a parent with a son with a passion for music, and a spouse with a husband who was once a professor. We all agree that loneliness and lack of outside support is a big problem. Social amenities and involvement without judgement is key to progress. Work with schools for flexibility of continuous learning. In the case of my daughter, the plan is to work with Northeastern University to help her complete school if possible.
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Stage 3: Proof of Concept

Currently in discussion with potential partners such as Fondation d'hacourt and others. Initial discussions indicated the gap exists worldwide and that Aspennglobal would play a pivotal role in mitigating the problem through the suggested means.
Registered in Kenyain Kenya

Focus Areas:

Soft or Life Skills, Inclusion, Mental Health and 1 MoreSEE ALL

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Implemented In:

Kenya

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Problem

Mental health is sometimes a very difficult state to identify, most times it is diagnosed after a major problem has occurred at which time it will have already taken strong roots in the individual suffering from it. In the end this requires medical interventions and supportive systems mainly through psychologists and psychiatrists. One area that is usually neglected is continuous support the individual requires outside of the hospital, hence Aspennglobal.

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Solution

In Kenya, long term recoverers from mental illness specifically students continue to have difficulties such as dropping out of school and being unable to return due to on and off hospitalisation. Lack of facilities to support such individuals has lead to high rates of school dropouts in this age group. This, therefore, creates a bleak future for these individuals. Something can be done. Create a centre for learning and recreation both online and in person at Aspennglobal

Target Beneficiaries

Mainly youth, a strong support daytime system that will address their problems, for example loneliness and neglect, lack of motivation in career pursuits, the centre will help them find a way out, support their passion for the arts, and provide them with a social environment. Work with schools to create online learning so that those who are students can continue with their studies, from where they dropped off, whether the school is locally situated or overseas.

Mission and Vision

To Find Sustainable Solutions for individuals living with mental illness, by giving them life changing tools and a life devoid of loneliness.

Competitive Advantage

Our competitive advantage currently is that we start with a group that loves music, a group that is young and is still open to learning. The skills they learn will help them stand on their own sometimes in the future. The centre will create jobs for them as they may be employed there, hence giving them a livelihood by eliminating their otherwise potential joblessness. It will be a win win situation. The centre will not be a boarding area but a day time facility.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Work with IT companies for potential provision of online learning platforms for continued education. Work with potential schools/universities for support in continuing education for students who can study away from school with our support. Partner with other local organizations in the area to avoid overlapping.
Funding Goal500,000
New Implemented CountriesKenya

The Team Behind the Innovation

The Executive team is mainly women made up of mothers and spouses of the individuals affected by mental health. A woman qualified nurse with experience in mental health care. Rosemary McCarthy, former chairperson of spouse associations in several countries INGOs and Diplomatic corps. Created a Peer support group for spouses in Nairobi that still functions, holder of an MBA University of Sunderland. V. Njeru nurse with experience working in the UK and Kenya and two educators.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Kenya